U.K. National Waiters Day
About U.K National Waiters Day
When is National Waiters Day? This holiday is always observed on October 20
Today is U.K. National Waiters Day in the United Kingdom, and the rest of the world for that matter. And, let’s be fair. Consider this holiday U.K. National Waitresses Day as well. When it comes to having a pleasant and memorable experience, a waiter or waitress is worth their weight in gold. This October 20 holiday is your opportunity to express your appreciation for all the waiters and waitresses at the restaurants, bars, and clubs that you frequent. It was created “for waiters and waitresses all over the world”.
There are two goals for this day. The first is to change the perception of waiters. However, we are not certain what needs changing. Second, this day recognizes their excellent hospitality skills. Much of a waiter’s compensation comes from a tip you give them. As a result, they have to be “on top of their game” all of the time, whenever they are working It’s not always easy to have a smile on your face, and a song in your voice, as a waiter must do. They can’t be in a bad mood, feel down or depressed, or it will show on their faces or attitudes.
To maximize their tips, they need to be always pleasant, even if the guy at the table next to you is being nasty or in a snit. Like other service jobs, rule number #1 is “the customer is always right”. This applies even when the customer is wrong. So, being a good waiter or waitress can be trying at times.
If you go out to a restaurant today, show your appreciation to your waiter or waitress. Let them know that you appreciate all of their efforts. And, put a little, make that big, bonus in their tip!
How Much to Tip a Waiter or Waitress
Strange as it seems, there is much debate as to how much to tip the waiter.
The general rule of thumb is 18% to 20% of the pre-tax total. Lately, yte move has been towards 20% or more. For exceptional service, it is appropriate to give more. For self-service, 10% is a sufficient amount. Often people give somewhat less for poor service or bad food. Sadly, the chef’s performance sometimes impacts the waiter’s tip amount.
“The best and most beautiful things in the world cannot be seen or even touched – they must be felt with the heart.” – – Helen Keller
History and Origin of U.K. National Waiters Day
This holiday event comes to us from the United Kingdom. It was created in 2013 by Fred Sirieix, the General Manager of Glavin @ Windows restaurant. Sirieix created this as a “national” day. However, in describing it, Sirieix stated it is “for waiters all over the world”. We are not sure why he didn’t call it International Waiters Day.
We found no resolution from the United Kingdom’s Parliament or proclamation from the Queen Mum required to make this a true National day. Perhaps the new King Charles III will proclaim it a national day. I guess we will have to wait and see.
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